Braxton Miller's Injury the Reason Clemson Jumped Ohio State in Week 3 AP Poll?

Andrew Coppens@@andycoppensContributor ISeptember 8, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Kenny Guiton #13 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is mobbed by fans on the field after Ohio State defeated the Michigan Wolverines 26-21at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Another week in the AP Poll, another drop for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Last week, it was Oregon jumping Ohio State for No. 2 and this week it is Clemson jumping Ohio State, dropping the Buckeyes to No. 4 for Week 3. 

Why the drop this week? After all, didn't Ohio State bury San Diego State this past week and Clemson beat an FCS opponent? 

That seems to be the pattern for the Buckeyes this year though, as Oregon did the same thing last week and managed to jump Ohio State. 

Surely a lackluster overall effort on the part of the Buckeyes can't be the reason this time around, right?

Instead, perhaps it was voters' fears over the knee injury that star quarterback Braxton Miller suffered early on in the game. After all, without Miller this team is in some serious trouble, right?

It's really the only thing one can point to because the results against San Diego State don't suggest a reason to drop the Buckeyes alone. 

Ohio State gave up all of 63 yards on the ground to the Aztecs, while gaining an impressive 263 yards of their own in the rushing game. The Buckeyes defense also forced two interceptions and sacked Aztecs quarterback Quinn Kaehler three times as well. 

Perhaps it was a group of voters that saw the injury headline and never bothered to do their homework on his replacement, Ken Guiton?

If they would've done the research they would've seen an impressive effort as Guiton led the team in rushing yards (87) and completed nearly 68 percent of his passes with three total touchdowns on the day as well.  

Additionally, it is a curious drop as Miller is expected back sooner than later, and he may end up not missing more than a week of football action when it's all said and done. 

Not exactly panic inducing and poll dropping worthy news.

So, next week the Buckeyes have to watch out for Stanford, who will be playing Army. 

What are the chances a blowout happens and Ohio State falls once again despite a win? Well, maybe next week is where the precipitous drop ends as OSU takes on Cal. Surely a win against a Pac-12 opponent will quell voter anxiety? 

Then again, getting in the head of an AP voter to figure it out is perhaps one of the scariest thoughts out there. Anyone want to volunteer?

I don't know if we've ever seen another team that has been on the winning streak Ohio State has been (now 14 games) on be punished more for the style of results than the 2013 Buckeyes have been.